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Lieutenant Colonel Anne Portlock

Assistant Professor of Economics

Department of Economics & Geosciences

Lt Col Portlock
Contact Information

(719) 333-8733




Lieutenant Colonel Anne Portlock serves as the Director of Personnel for the Department of Economics and Geosciences.  She directs talent acquisition and management for 30 multidisciplinary faculty positions to develop leaders of character to serve in the U.S. Air and Space Forces.

This is her second assignment under the Dean of Faculty.  Prior to returning to USAFA, Lieutenant Colonel Portlock was the Deputy Commander for the 964 AACS at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, where she led an operational E-3 AWACS squadron, overseeing operations and training while provided administrative support to nearly 300 personnel.  She is a Senior Pilot with more than 2,000 hours and deployments in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Spartan Shield, and counter drug operations.

With her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Derek Portlock, she is raising three daughters.  She received her commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy where she competed on the NCAA Cross-Country and Track & Field teams.  Throughout her career she has continued to model excellence in physical fitness competing as an elite marathoner and ultra-marathoner, representing the Air Force in national level competitions.


Ph.D., Business Economics & Public Policy, Indiana University, 2018

M.B.A., Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, 2013

M.A., Economics, University of Oklahoma, 2010

B.S., Management and Operations Research, United States Air Force Academy, 2004

Professional Experience

June 2021 – Present, Assistant Professor of Economics & Department Director of Personnel, United States Air Force Academy, Colorado

March 2018 – June 2021, Chief of Training then Deputy Commander, 964 AACS, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
(Deployed January 2020 – May 2020, Assistant Director of Operations, 968 EAACS, Al Dahfra AB, UAE)
(Deployed March 2021 – April 2021, Assistant Director of Operations, 968 EAACS, Al Dahfra AB, UAE)

July 2014 – March 2018, Graduate Student, AF Institute of Technology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

July 2011 – July 2014, Assistant Professor of Economics & T-53A Instructor Pilot, USAF Academy, Colorado

June 2010 – June 2011, Executive Officer, 552d Operations Group, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

June 2007 – June 2010, E-3 Pilot, then Assistant Flight Commander & E-3 Aircraft Commander, 963 AACS, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
(Deployed January 2009 – April 2009, E-3 Pilot, 963 EAACS, Curacao Forward Operating Location)

June 2006 – June 2007, E-3 Pilot Student, 552d Training Squadron, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma

September 2005 – June 2006, Student Pilot, 32d Flight Training Squadron, Vance AFB, Oklahoma

December 2004 – September 2005, Student Pilot, VT-3, NAS Whiting Field, Florida

August 2004 – December 2004, Student Pilot, 54th Airlift Flight, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Honors & Awards

2005 Commodores Academic Achievement Award, Naval Aviation School, NAS Whiting Field

2007 Athlete of the Year, Tinker AFB

2013 Core Economics Instructor of the Year, Dept of Economics & Geosciences, USAF Academy

2013 Company Grade Officer of the Year, Social Science Division, USAF Academy

2014 Outstanding Academy Educator, Dean of Faculty, USAF Academy

2016 Research Productivity Fellowship, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University

2018 AFA Gill Robb Wilson Award for Achievement in Arts & Letters, 552 ACW Nominee

12x selection All-Air Force Athletic Teams

Research and Scholarly Interests

Applied Microeconomics & Policy Analysis with a focus in Health, Personnel, and Military